CARNACON Ladies GAA Club's senior team has expressed delight at its successful appeal to the Connaught Ladies GAA Council appeals committee.
The appeal was against sanctions imposed on the club by the Mayo Ladies County Board earlier this month in respect of some of the club's players pulling out of the Mayo county team.
Those sanctions saw Carnacon removed from Mayo senior league and championship competitions, which meant they would have been unable to defend their Mayo, Connaught and All-Ireland titles.
The successful appeal, which was heard in the Connaught Centre of Excellence in Bekan last night, means the team will now be able to defend those titles.
In a statement issued this morning, the club said it was now happy to move on and focus on what the main objective always was from day one – getting ladies playing sport and playing Gaelic football for Carnacon.
The statement read: “Carnacon are delighted to confirm that our appeal against the sanctions imposed by the Mayo Ladies County Board has been successful and we have been reinstated to the senior league and championship competitions for 2018.
“We are satisfied with this outcome and feel it reflects the impulsive, heavy-handed approach initially taken by the Mayo Ladies County Board. Without a full examination of the events available for club delegates, it has been proven incorrect to make any such ruling on the situation.
“A swift and fair hearing from the appeals committee of the Connaught LGFA Council was greatly appreciated and we are happy that we can now continue our preparations for the remainder of the season.
“As a club and individuals, we are very thankful for all the support we have received in the last few days, in what has been a difficult time with the negative attention and speculation surrounding the players involved.
“Unfortunately, this ruling stemmed from issues raised by players representing their county. As a club we supported these players and continue to do so. We will continue to be proud of all players and teams, including those who represent Mayo at all levels.
“We now look forward to getting back in action on the pitch and doing our best as a club to support all of our members. It has been a great honour to represent our families and communities on a provincial and national stage in recent years.
“We will strive to continue successfully and uphold the values that unite us a club.”